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Happy Monday. Welcome to the first full day of Hanukkah. Bring on the light!

Situational awareness: Barrier-breaking fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who was born and raised in Rockford before becoming artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection and the CEO of fashion house Off-White, died of a rare cancer on Sunday. He was 41 years old.

Today's newsletter is 750 words โ€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: Best Illinois schools for entrepreneurs

Students at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management gather at the Evanston campus. Photo: Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Financial database PitchBook released its annual list of the top 50 colleges for business founders last week, and both the University of Illinois and Northwestern made the Top 25.

Why it matters: Good founder schools attract would-be entrepreneurs who create new businesses that add to Chicago's first class startup community.

Between the lines: This is a national list, but we wanted to zoom in and learn more about the best business schools in our area. We spoke to some experts and here's the list we came out with:

๐Ÿฅฃ Northwestern: Kellogg School of Management

  • If you are completing post-graduate work, Kellogg continues to be one of the best in the country. And they do it without a ton of students, enrolling under 1,300 full-time students a year.

๐Ÿง  The University of Chicago: Booth School of Business

  • The U of C didn't make the top 50 list but scores much higher when you drill down to MBAs only. In recent data, Booth graduated 51 founders who have each raised more than $1 million in startup funding; Kellogg had 47.

๐ŸŒฝ The University of Illinois: Geis College of Business

  • This may be the best university in Illinois for undergraduate business studies. The Geis College of Business was ranked No. 7 this year by U.S. News and World Report for public undergraduate business programs.

๐Ÿ’ป IIT: The Kaplan Institute

๐Ÿ“ƒ The College of DuPage

Honorable mentions: The DePaul Driehaus School of Business, The Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business and Lake Forest College.

The other side: You may not need college to be an entrepreneur.

  • "A founder's educational path is less important to us than how well they know the industry that they're building in," Chicago Venture's Lindsay Knight tells Axios.
  • "That usually has less to do with formal education and more with real-world experience."
2. Fall is heating up in Illinois cities
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Data: Climate Central; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

It might not feel like it today, but Chicago and other Illinois cities are seeing more warm fall days than they did 50 years ago.

Why it matters: Yes, we know that some people like a warm fall day, but these increases are driven by climate change and can lead to more mosquitoes, more cooling costs and longer allergy seasons.

The details: The data comes from nonprofit news organization Climate Central.

By the (national) numbers:

  • 57% (134) of those cities have warmed at least two degrees.
  • 68% (167) have seen at least seven more days of above-average fall temperatures.

Zoom in: Large Illinois towns show varying increases in warm fall days, but they don't seem linked to particular geographical characteristics.

  • Quincy: 4
  • Champaign: 5.5
  • Chicago: 6.5
  • Moline: 7.1
  • Rockford: 10
  • Peoria: 10.6
3. Tips and hot links: Quick news bites

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

ย โš–๏ธ After almost three years, the Jussie Smollett trial begins this week. (Chicago Tribune)

๐ŸŒ Rep. Sean Casten says the U.S. got mixed reviews at the recent UN Climate Summit. (Daily Herald)

๐Ÿˆ Matt Nagy is still the coach of the Bears ... for now. (Sun-Times)

๐Ÿ€ Ball overload: LaMelo vs. Lonzo tonight as the Bulls take on Charlotte at the United Center. (Sky Sports)

4. Downtown bathrooms mapped
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Data: Axios Chicago readers; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

Thanks again to the readers who shared their secret downtown public bathroom spots last month.

๐Ÿงป Perfect for the next time you're near the Loop and really need to โ€ฆ make a pit stop.

5. Hanukkah lights up the Chicago area

Lakeview and other communities around Chicago celebrated the first night of Hanukkah with public menorah lightings. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

The first night of Hanukkah featured lighting ceremonies around the Chicago area Sunday evening, but there are plenty more Hanukkah activities to enjoy over the next seven nights.

Our picks:

๐Ÿš˜ Monica waited way too long to buy her daughter's train/bus ticket back to Champaign. So she'll be driving to U of I at the crack of dawn and writing her stories from the Student Union, just like the good old days.

๐Ÿ Justin is on a well-deserved vacation.

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